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Thursday, November 28, 2013 Vol 32 No. 4 75 cents WHATS HAPPENING State drainage project underwayThe clearing of land at U.S. 41 and State Road 40 is for a drainage improvement project, a Florida Department of Transportation spokeswoman said. Jessica Keane, FDOT spokeswoman, said the land is being cleared for a drainage retention area. In addition to the DRA, State Road 40 will be elevated up to 12 inches to correct flooding at the intersection and improve the drainage at the crossroads. This is just a problem that needs fixing, Keane said about the $451,400 project, which is not tied into the states plans to eventually widen U.S. 41, which is also considered State Road 45 by the FDOT. Keane said she didnt know how long the project would take to complete.Sabal Trail Project meeting slatedSabal Trail will host an information open house from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, to present its proposal to build a 460-mile natural gas pipeline from Tallapoosa, Ala., to Osceola County. Construction of 24 miles of 24-inch piping is expected to go through Marion and Citrus counties. According to the www.sabaltrail. com, the proposed line is expect to pass behind Dunnellon High and Dunnellon Elementary schools. Representatives from Sabal Trail as well as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will be present to answer questions about the proposed facilities, land acquisition, environmental and permitting processes, construction and operation and other aspects of the project. For information, call 888-596-7732 or visit www.sabaltrail.com. The city of Dunnellon put Gov. Rick Scotts office on notice Friday, declaring a financial state of emergency and requseting bankruptcy provisions with state officials consistent with Florida Statute 219.503(5). According to a spokeswoman with the governors office, this is the first time a municpality has asked for the governor to approve bankruptcy provisions. Were looking into matters, would be a way to put it, the spokeswoman said. Under the circumstances, the city is requesting the approval of the governor to seek application of laws under the bankruptcy provisions of the United States Constitution, Eddie Esch, interim city manager, wrote to state officials. Time is of the essence with this request. The city stands ready, willing and able to provide any Eddie Esch Michael Markham County weighs stadium proposal Mail-in ballot suggestedOCALA Just when it was the ninth inning and it looked as if the New York Yankees were going to lose, a pinch hit in the form of an unusual suggestion may have saved the game. The County Commission hosted a workshop Thursday with officials from the city of Ocala and the Yankees to discuss the proposed new baseball stadium at Heath Brook. A large pro-baseball crowd implored the commissioners to put the proposed half-cent sales tax on the ballot in a special election in March, but commissioners balked at the idea. Some said it was too soon and there wouldnt be enough of a turnout, while others objected to the cost $175,000 for the county of a special election, when the elections in August and November next year wouldnt cost any extra. It sounds like theres a consensus to put it on the ballot, just not in March, said Commissioner Stan McClain. However, Chairman Carl Zalak floated the idea of a mail vote, which would involve sending a ballot by mail to every registered voter in the county, to be returned by a certain date. Councilman Earl Arnett said such a move would change his opinion about the March vote, and it looked as if the plan had been resurrected. Council member Kathy Bryant continued her objection about the cost. It was left Healthy habits JEFF BRYAN/Riverland NewsDunnellon Middle School media specialist Constance Anderson, middle, leads students in a group exercise during a Tiger Fit Club meeting recently at the schools track. The first-year after-school program is a finalist for a $5,000 grant through Fabletics, an exercise clothing line launched by actress Kate Hudson First-year middle school club finalist for $5,000 grant The body is an instrument, the mind its function, the witness and reward of its operation. George Santayana Constance Anderson and Carmela Samler were doing more than taking notes regarding students reading habits at Dunnellon Middle School. They were taking notes about what girls were eating, or in some instances, werent eating. We noticed that so many of our students didnt have healthy habits in nutrition and fitness, said Anderson, a media specialist. Some would eat only chips for lunch, others would eat nothing. We saw examples of unhealthy habits over and over again and wanted to do something about it. The duo launched the Tiger Fit Club, targeting sixththrough eighth-grade girls an in attempt to help them make better choices about what they were eating. But the Tiger Fit Club goes beyond nutrition; it also promotes an active lifestyle. For Anderson, healthy eating and exercise is more personal. In the past, I had a lot of stomach problems and low self-esteem and it was all related to my diet, she explained. I am thankful that I learned how important nutrition and exercise is to my overall well-being, but I was in my 30s before I figured it out. If I could pass on what I have learned through my experiences to these girls while they are still young, my hope is AUGIE SALZER/For the Riverland NewsFamilies In Need, founded by Jan DeWitt, right, and her husband, Leo, will serve Thanksgiving dinner for the fifth straight year at American Legion Post No. 58. The public is welcome and meals are free. Organizations prepare to feed masses for holiday No one in Dunnellon has to be alone or hungry on Thanksgiving Day. Caring people in the community have invited everyone to enjoy a complimentary turkey dinner on this special day. Families In Need, serving at American Legion Post No. 58, and St. John the Baptist Catholic Church are opening their doors in an effort to ensure no one will be hungry or has to be alone on this day of thanks. Dont be alone on Thanksgiving. Come and share with our family, said Jan DeWitt, cofounder of Families In Need. Its part of our ministry, and holidays are the hardest time to be alone. This will be the fifth year Families In Need and the American Legion have joined together to serve the people of Dunnellon. Promises to donate turkeys and all the trimmings begin arriving in October and DeWitt starts rounding up her volunteers. This all takes a lot of time and preparations, but we have it down pat now, DeWitt said about her 30 volunteers. We try not to wear them (volunteers) out. The menu includes roasted turkey, potatoes, stuffing or dressing, Nonprofit group, church to host dinners AUGIE SALZER For the Riverland News See FEED page 2 JEFF BRYAN Riverland News See HEALTHY page 7 Students Katie Lassiter, left, and Hailey Simmons carry a stuffed Tiger around the track during a Tiger Fit Club meeting. See STADIUM page 11 JIM CLARK For the Riverland News Regions Bank files lawsuit JEFF BRYAN Riverland News See FINANCIAL page 11


dressing, rolls, cranberry sauce, green beans, garden salad and fresh baked desserts. Preparations for the big day begin the day before as the volunteers set up the hall, decorate the tables and peel the potatoes. It takes a lot of dedication and we couldnt do it without our donors and volunteers, DeWitt said. We also have grown. In 2009 we only had 40 people, but last year we served about 550 meals. DeWitt and her husband Leo, co-founder of Families In Need, are expecting even more people this year. The DeWitts also have a special volunteer to deliver dinners to those who are homebound. Dunnellon Police Officer Adam Robinson distributed the meals last year and is ready for this years Thanksgiving deliveries. The local churches, communities and schools give him the names of the elderly, disabled and needy who are not able to get to the American Legion Hall. Last year, I took 50 meals to individuals, Robinson recalled. There was also enough food for about 100 people at the Chatmire Community Center. This is St. John the Baptist Catholic Churchs first attempt to have a Thanksgiving meal for the community. John Deakins, coordinator of this event, estimated the cost of the dinner would be about $1,500 and asked the congregation for donations. One of our church members came forth and anonymously donated a check for $1,200 and we received the rest from the congregation, Deakins said. The donor thought it was a good opportunity for the community to know that St. Johns is a caring place. Reservations were required for the dinner. Several ministries of the church are participating in the Thanksgiving dinner. The Ministers to the Sick will take food to shutins and the children of the Faith Formation will dress in costume and greet guests at the door. The Faith Formation parents and the Altar and Rosary Society are providing the pumpkin pies. This is a great opportunity for the children to learn that they need to give back, Deakins said. The churchs menu will also include turkey, dressing, potatoes, gravy, salad, roll, butter, a beverage and pumpkin pie with whipping cream. Beverley (Deakins wife and co-coordinator) is making the dressing for the dinner, Deakins said. She is using a Southern recipe handed down by her family for four generations. Although it is their initial attempt to have the traditional dinner, the Deakins have a lot of experience. They already coordinated a recent 40th anniversary party for a former priest of the parish with 300 in attendance and Beverley is in charge of the bereavement program. Organization is the key to doing this, he said. We have six in the kitchen crew and the other volunteers will do the serving and cleaning up. Families In Need will serve dinner from noon until 4 p.m. Thursday at the American Legion Hall on U.S. 41, while St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, at 7525 U.S. 41, will serve dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Philip Stegeman Hall. Takeout dinners will not be available at either location. The traditional Thanksgiving dinner, served at both sites, is free and open to the whole community. Everyone is welcome. Augie Salzer is a correspondent for the Riverland News. Email her at Augie@Things InTown.com. Constance H. Martel, 82Constance H. Martel, 82, of Dunnellon, died Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, at Timber Ridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was born Dec. 6, 1931, in Charleston, W.Va., to the late Harold W. and Sally Starr Houston. Mrs. Martel retired from the Florida State Supreme Court as a judicial assistant. She was a Florida resident for 65 years moving to Marion County in 1999. Surviving family includes her loving husband, Charles R. Martel; children and relatives: sons, Craig R. Baxter, Loxahatchee, Don R. Baxter, West Palm Beach, and Keith A. Baxter, Singer Island; granddaughter, Kelly Baxter; grandson, Kevin Baxter; stepchildren, Michelle Leonard, Tallahassee, Charles R. Martel Jr., Pawleys Island, S.C., Tom Martel, Lexington, Ky., Andrea Griswold, Mendota, Ill., Mark Martel, West Palm Beach. A graveside funeral service was conducted Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, with Reverend Jeffrey W. Welch, Dunnellon Presbyterian Church, officiating. The Family suggests donations to your favorite charity in memory of Constance H. Martel. Funeral arrangements are under the care of the Roberts Funeral Home of Dunnellon. 352-489-2429. Sherryn Robbins, 58Sherryn Mullins Robbins, 58, of Dunnellon, Fla., passed away Nov. 17, 2013, at West Marion Hospital. She was born in Middletown, Ohio to the late Marvin Mullins, Florence (Mayes) Mullins. Ms. Robbins was a retired ESE teacher and staff specialist. She enjoyed bird watching and traveling to Hawaii and Las Vegas. Survivors include her daughter, Jennifer Robbins; her brother, Marvin Mullins II and his wife Terri Mullins; her mother, Florence Mullins. Funeral Services were Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. If you wish to send condolences please visit online at www.robertsofdunnellon.com. Arrangement under the care of Roberts Funeral Home of Dunnellon.Letha Jenny Grinnell Wilcox, 86 Letha Jenny Grinnell Wilcox, 86, of Hobe Sound, Fla., died Nov. 16, 2013. Our dearest, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother has left us to return home to eternal peace, after a loving and fruitful life. Letha came into this life Jan. 19, 1927, as the daughter of Ernest and Geneva Grinnell of Glens Falls, N.Y. She was married to her loving husband of over 66 years, Stanley M. Wilcox, of Hobe Sound. Letha is survived by Stanley; their six children, Ronald Wilcox (Sheila) of Dunnellon, Michael Wilcox of Dunnellon, Richard Wilcox (Patti) of Vero Beach, Bonnie Schans (Paul) of Jupiter, James Wilcox of Hobe Sound, and Steven Wilcox (Jake) of Burlington, Mass.; daughter-in-law, Darleen Wilcox of Fuquay Varina, N.C.; a sister, Doris Scappaticci Hewitt of Hobe Sound; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Letha was predeceased by her parents; a sister, Eva Hamelin; and a brother, Walter (Stub) Grinnell. Letha was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and homemaker. A celebration of life ceremony will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made to Hospice of Palm Beach County, 5300 East Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33407. 2 Riverland News, Thursday, November 28, 2013 000GR1Q 5 Years Guaranteed! $5,000-$2,000 Minimum IRA $600,000 Limit per Family 3.50 % APY Free interest withdrawals of at least $100 available. Withdrawals in excess of the accumulated interest on the annuity will be subject to surrender charges. Total free withdrawal at end of stated time period with no surrender charges or fees. Fidelity & Guaranty Life Insurance Company. Form No. FGL SPDA-MY-F. Rates offered are subject to change by the company. Ocala 671-5374 The Villages 633-7019 OBITUARIES Letha Jenny Grinnell Wilcox AUGIE SALZER/For the Riverland NewsJohn and Beverley Deakins are coordinating the inaugural St. John the Baptist Catholic Churchs Thanksgiving dinner. The event is open to the public; however, those who wished to eat were required to RSVP by Tuesday. 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Peace Lutheran sets holiday servicesPeace Lutheran Church holiday midweek services will be at 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Advent. The traditional Advent O Antiphon theme will be followed: Dec. 4, Jesus Is Immanuel, Isaiah 7:10-14. Dec. 11, Jesus Is Wisdom, Colossians 1:24-2:3. Dec. 18, Jesus Is Lord, Exodus 3:1-6, 13-15. Preceding midweek services, a fellowship meal of soup and sandwiches will be at 6 p.m. and will be provided by the ladies of the Peace Lutheran Womens Missionary League. The O Antiphon theme will continue during the Candlelight Service at 7 p.m. Christmas Eve, Jesus Is The Root of Jesse, Isaiah 11:1-10, and at 10 a.m. Christmas Day, Jesus is the Key of David, Revelation 3:7. Peace Lutheran Church is on the hill at U.S. 41 and State Road 40. For information, call 489-5881, visit www.PeaceLutheran Online.com or like us on Facebook.Clothe the Children slated Dec. 5The Altar & Rosary Society of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church will distribute new and used clothing to families in need from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, in the church hall at 7525 U.S. 41 in Dunnellon. Clothe the Children is in its third year and has distributed clothing to families and to more than 100 children in the area. Registration will be at the door. For information, call Judie Heesch at 489-5954.Church group to host craft fairThe Altar & Rosary Society of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church will host a Christmas Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, in Father Stegeman Hall. The church is on the corner of U.S. 41 and State Road 40. For information, call Pat at 489-1984.Church hosts bingo weeklySt. John the Baptist Catholic Church hosts bingo at 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Prizes up to $250. Doors open at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and 4 p.m. Wednesdays. The church is at the corner of U.S. 41 and State Road 40.Church schedules monthly fish frySt. John the Baptist Catholic Church, on the corner of U.S. 41 and State Road 40 East, will host its monthly fish fry from 4 to 6 p.m. the first Friday monthly through May. Cost is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children. The public is welcome. For information, call 489-5954. First United Methodist Church of Dunnellon will host the return of gospel great Ivan Parker of the famed gospel group The Gaithers on Saturday, Jan. 4, in the church sanctuary. Tickets are $25 per person for reserved seating in the artist row, which offers assigned seating within the first five rows of the sanctuary and a meet-and-greet with Parker prior to the show. Light refreshments will be offered at the meet-andgreet reception beginning at 5:30. Photographs are encouraged during the meet-and-greet. General admission tickets are $15 per person. Tickets are available: In the church narthex at the conclusion of the 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. church services; From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at The Sign Shop at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Williams Street. Call 489-2114. On the Internet at www.villagecrier.com.Riverland News, Thursday, November 28, 2013 3 000GK64 Attend the worship service of your choice... FUMC to host Gospel concert Jan. 4 Thanksgiving food baskets JEFF BRYAN/Riverland NewsVolunteers with the Annie W. Johnson Service Center, from left, Dee Forsythe, Sandra Fallon, Evelyn Anderson and Doris Magursky prepare Thanksgiving food baskets for families in need. The baskets were given out Monday. Solution to puzzle on Page 5 CHURCH BRIEFS 000FYCC 489-2685 Holy Faith Episcopal Church 19924 W. Blue Cove Dr. Dunnellon T HE R EV J. J AMES G ERHART Sunday Services 8:00 AM & 10:00 AM Sunday School 9:45 AM Godly Play Healing Service 1st Sunday Every Month Following 10:00 AM Service CR 484 SR 200 Holy Faith Rainbow River Blue Cove Peace Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Rev. Terry L. McKee, Pastor Sunday School & Adult Bible Class 9:00 A.M Sunday Worship Service 10:00 A.M Wednesday Bible Study 10:00 A.M Wednesday potluck & Bible Study 6:30 PM 000FZWA The Church On The Hill 5 miles North of Dunnellon US Hwy 41 at Highway 40 489-5881 www.PeaceLutheranOnline.com D UNNELLON F IRST U NITED M ETHODIST C HURCH 21501 W. Highway 40 Rev. Eddie Fulford, Pastor Sunday Communion Worship Service 8:00 AM Praise Worship 9:30 AM Traditional Worship 11:00 AM Nursery At All Services Sunday School 9:30 AM & 11:00 AM Building the Kingdom in Everything We Do 352-489-4026 www.fumc-dunnellon.org 000FZU7 Dunnellon Seventh-day Adventist Church Welcome To Our Services Hwy. 41 & Hwy. 40 Saturday Sabbath School 9:30 AM Sermon . . . . . 11:00 AM Tuesday Bible Study . . . 4:30 PM For more information: 352-489-3455 www.dunnellonsdachurch.com 000FZW4 Romeo Baptist Church Sunday School 9:30 AM Worship 11:00 AM Disciple Training 5:00 PM Pastor R.D. Hess (352) 489-1788 Sunday (Nursery & Childrens Church Provided) Wednesday AWANA 6:30 PM Youth Group 6:30 PM Bible Study 7:00 PM 8 1 / 2 Miles North of Dunnellon Off of Highway 41, Left at Church Sign on SW 5 th Place 000FZWT Calvary Baptist Temple 21841 S.W. Marine Blvd. Rainbow Lakes Estates Sunday Sunday School.............9:45 a.m. Worship Service.........11:00 a.m. Evening Service..........5:00 p.m. Wednesday Prayer Meeting............7:00 p.m. Every 4th Sunday......5:00 p.m Share, Praise & Fellowship Pastor Jamie Parker 352-489-8962 Please Join Us As We Worship In His Name 000G4H4 000GOIU Comprehensive Cardiovascular Care is Now Available in the Convenience of Your Own Neighborhood Board Certification Internal Medicine Cardiovascular Disease Nuclear Cardiology Echocardiography Peripheral Vascular Interpretation Lan Luo, MD, FACC is welcoming new patients at our Dunnellon location Appointments with Dr. Luo may be scheduled by calling: 352-873-9557 20661 Ned Love Ave, Dunnellon, FL 34431 To learn more about each of our exceptional physicians, visit our website: www.centralfloridaheart.com Residency Internal Medicine University of North Carolina, Chapel-Hill Fellowship Cardiovascular Disease Tulane University School of Medicine Areas of Special Interest Experienced in all phases of Invasive and Non-Invasive Cardiology Implantable Devices (Pacemakers & AICDs) Congestive Heart Failure Womens Heart Health 7525 S. 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4 Riverland News, Thursday, November 28, 2013 RIVER VIEWS The Newspaper built on Community Pride. Publisher Gerry Mulligan Regional Manager John Provost Editor Jeff Bryan Member of the Florida Press Association RIVERLAND NEWS Resident warns buyers beware when it comes to sale pricesThis is an open letter to the Toys R Us employee who made my day while shopping at Walmart. I am on a limited budget this Christmas. I had to buy a gift for three little ones under the age of 10. Since Walmart does a a price match, I hit the toy department on a hunt for Barbie. I had a Toys R Us flier for Barbie on sale for $8.99. When I got to the register, I was informed that they dont do price matches for a percentage off. In other words, if an item is normally priced $7 and on sale for $3.50 that would be OK. If the item is normally $7, but on sale for 50 percent off ($3.50), then they wont match the price. The ad on TV must have some teeny tiny small print. After finding out I would have to pay the full $14.99 price, I declined because I knew I could not afford it. I was blown away when the woman standing behind me purchased the Barbie and gave it to me. I was so overwhelmed with your generous gift I neglected to get your name. Thank you for making a little girl, and this woman, very happy. Please shop at Toys R Us this Christmas. They hire kind employees. I always knew Dunnellon had the nicest people living here. Kathleen M. Wallace,DunnellonThanks to all for successful Kiwanis Club fundraiserThere is an old adage, It takes a village to raise a child. This was very evident Saturday evening at the Rainbow Springs Country Club where a Mystery Dinner Theatre production was presented to benefit the Kiwanis Club of Dunnellon. The actors and actresses under the direction of John Taylor played to a full house and were marvelous in the play entitled Par for the Course. Many thanks to all, who gave of their time and talent. To the 173 patrons who participated, we thank you for your support. To the staff at the country club, as always, a great job, and so nice to work with. To Nancy Myers, at Grumbles House, and Erin Widegren, Kiwanis secretary, a special thank you. Please remember the proceeds for this fabulous fundraising activity stays in Dunnellon for the children. A blessed holiday to all. Ellen Ellie Pollock,Fundraising chairwoman, Kiwanis Club of Dunnellon Plenty to be thankful for in life When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. This year, I decided to look at all Im thankful for using this philosophy. For instance, I dont like being short, but Id hate to be 6-foot-4, so instead I will be thankful for my petite stature. We all know life isnt always easy, yet Im so grateful for my faith in God, which gives me the strength I need to deal with these situations. I hate having my older brother in Iowa and so far away, but Im thankful for the Internet, Skype and cell phones, which keep us in constant contact. Im also thankful he has a good job and two beautiful daughters who cant wait to see him. Im sad my good friend got deathly ill, but Im happy we got through it and now hes doing better than ever. I dont like seeing my parents slowing down and not able to do all the things they used to. Yet, Im so very thankful they are still around and still a huge part of my life. I dislike going to work every morning, yet I have to be thankful to have a job when so many people I know are struggling. Likewise, its frustrating when we dont have the money to pay a bill, but it could be so much worse. Its a chore coloring the gray in my hair every month, yet Im happy to have a full head of thick hair and the older I get the more thankful Ill be. I am wishing for a new grandchild, yet I already have the two most perfect grandkids I could ever ask for. They are smart, funny, kind and healthy. My daughters could not have done any better. I hate all the fighting and dissension in the world, yet in my little world there is peace and harmony. We all get along and enjoy each others company. There is no fighting in Pugliese Land, and although it really ruins my day when Russell and I argue, I couldnt imagine going through life keeping all my thoughts and complaints quietly inside. It just wouldnt work, and although we drive each other crazy sometimes, the love is still very much alive. I may not make a fortune at my writing, but it gives me so much pleasure that I couldnt imagine not being able to do this. So Im thankful for this talent Ive been blessed with. I get aggravated with myself that my memory isnt what it used to be, yet sticky notes are a wonderful invention. Im nervous about my upcoming cataract surgery, but very excited about the improvements that have been made. Modern technology has made it an easy and amazing procedure and I OPINIONS INVITEDThe opinions expressed in Riverland News editorials are the opinions of the editorial board of the newspaper.Viewpoints depicted in political cartoons, columns or letters do not necessarily represent the opinion of the editorial board.All letters must be signed and include a phone number and hometown, including letters sent via e-mail, Phone numbers will not be printed or given out. We reserve the right to edit letters for length, libel, fairness and good taste.Letters to the editor must be no longer than 550 words, and writers will be limited to two letters per month. THE OTHER GUY LETTERS JERSEY GIRL THINGS IN TOWN Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for all that we have both the good and the bad. This is the time of the year I look back on my life and realize how blessed I am. In my lifetime, I have already dealt with sickness, tragedy, death and many disappointments those are the bad parts. Then I look back at all the good parts of my life, which is overflowing with joy, happiness and many marvelous events. I was fortunate to have 23 years of marriage with a wonderful man. Sadly, many of those years he was ill and required extensive care giving on my part before he died. Sometime later, I met my husband, Jim, and weve just celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary. He is very supportive, loving and gives me just enough challenges to make life interesting. He also makes me laugh, which is very important to me in a relationship. I was also blessed with two miracles my daughters. They were both raised the same, but are complete opposites. My youngest daughter, Susan, and I have a communication problem and, therefore, are not close at all. It is a big disappointment that Ive worked on to solve for many years, but have not yet been able to find the right solution. My first born, Anita, is a treasure. Although she lives in South Carolina, with her husband, we are close, enjoy each others company and support. She was also blessed with two children: a boy, Steve, and, three years later, a girl, Michelle. I am very proud of my daughter and my grandchildren. They are all college graduates, had their ups and downs and have worked very hard to achieve success in their lives. My grandson, Steve, married a wonderful girl, Rebekah, and they have three lovely boys. My great-grandsons are 3-year-old Brayden and 10-month-old identical twins, Garrick and Gavin. I dont get to see them very often, but I cherish the time I have with them. The next thing I am very thankful for is my religion. It has sustained me through all the difficulties and pain in my life, but it also gives me hope for the future. I would not be where I am today without my belief in God and His blessings. I also enjoy the ability to volunteer my time and talents to my community and church. It is so rewarding to help others and know they appreciate my efforts. Im very thankful for my wonderful friends. They are there to encourage me when life takes me down and celebrate with me when everything is looking up. I do my best to have a positive outlook in my life. I know there will be more difficult times ahead, but hopefully there will also be a lot more good times in the coming year. If we look hard enough we will find something to be thankful for on this Thanksgiving Day. I know I will. Augie Salzer is a correspondent for the Riverland News. Email her at Augie@ThingsInTown.com. Blessings abound in life Lemons can be sweet from proper perspective To say 2013 has been a trying year for myself, and many others, would be an understatement. But as I find the year rapidly coming to an end, Im trying to keep my head up and find the positives from this past year and see 2014 as a fresh start. While I could lament about being knocked down and raked over the coals on more than one occasion, theres no joy in it. Plus, its Thanksgiving, and despite the ups and downs in 2013, I have plenty to be thankful for. Most important are my three amazing, wonderful children Jackson, Jayden and Emmalyn. They bring a balance to my life no one else can, or has come close to, at a time when I needed it most. Some folks might say children should be seen and not heard; I would disagree. Theres no greater joy than your children saying, I love you. Emma doesnt say it, but she knows what it means and blows kisses when I tell her. I tell them it often. While they are young, each of them has developed an amazing personality, uniquely their own. Yet, the apple did not fall from the tree in terms of their sarcastic ability. I can assure you, I have no idea where they got it from. My parents, sister and brother have been a tremendous boost to my morale and spirits. Surprisingly, my sister and I talk more now than we have in the past five years. My brother always provides comic relief and my parents have always been a rock for me to lean on, despite the distance. My friends, those who Ive known since my childhood and the ones I have developed in the past three-plus years since I began working at the Riverland News have been a blessing words cannot describe. My best friends, most notably Joe, Cavan and Brian, have seen me at my best and my worst during the course of our decades-long friendships. Its been several years since weve all been together, and we are already making plans to make amends for the lapse in time since we last had the opportunity to gather together with our respective families. To my friends in Dunnellon, what can I say, there are too many to name, but I believe you know who you are. You folks are amazing. You have shown patience, care and compassion as well as concern about my welfare and, most notably, my sanity. Youve allowed me to rant, rave. Others have provided counsel, or advice, if you will. To my co-workers who continue to make being in the See JERSEY page 6 Augie Salzer Audrey Beem Jeff Bryan Editor See OTHER page 6


Rainbow Springs Country Club Bridge Results from Nov. 19: Winners: 1. Richard Davis, 5,190; 2. Billie Barnes, 4,900; 3. Shirley Busca, 4,590; 4. (tie), Debby Rodriguez and Pauline Sturtevant, 4,260. No slams. Results from Nov. 12: Winners: 1. Betsy Davis, 5,100; 2. Jean Bozak, 4,260; 3. Shirley Busca, 3,620. No slams. Results from Nov. 5: Winners: 1. Richard Davis, 6,420; 2. Pauline Sturtevant, 5,090; 3. Brian Norris, 4,810). No slams. Entries sought for Christmas paradeThe Dunnellon Christmas Parade will be at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. Entries for this years parade, which theme is A Small Town Christmas, are being sought. Entry fees are $25 per group or float. Business sponsorships are also needed as well as nonprofit and for-profit vendors. For information, email info@dunnellon christmasparade.com, visit www.dunnellon christmasparade.com or on Facebook at Dunnellon Christmas Parade.Cops-4-Kids seeks donors The Dunnellon Police Department will host the third annual Cops for Kids Christmas program at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17. Children from all over the Dunnellon area will be paired with a Dunnellon Police Department officer, staff member, or city employee. Children, between the ages of 6 and 11, are nominated based on social or economic need. The goal of this program is to give the children a chance to spend time with the police officer, learning about law enforcement and building a better community. Each child and the officer will sit down to a hot meal at The Blue Gator before their shopping excursion. After dinner, all children and employees are transported to the Dunnellon Walmart, where each child is given a gift card to purchase gifts for their families and themselves. Afterward, the gifts are wrapped by volunteers of the community who donate their time. If you would like to be a donor, sponsor or volunteer, email Officer Carolina Rolfes at crolfes@dunnellon pd.org or Darlene Parker at dparker@ dunnellonpd.org or call the agency at 465-8510. Fire Rescue seeks donations for partyDunnellon Fire Rescue is seeking donations for its yearly Needy Childrens Christmas Party. Anyone wishing to help in this cause may send their donations to 12014 S. Williams St., Dunnellon, FL 34432. The event will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, at the Dunnellon Bingo Hall.Red Kettle campaign needs volunteersThe Kiwanis Club of Dunnellon is in need of volunteer Bell Ringers for this years Salvation Army Red Kettle Fundraising program. This years program will start Friday, Dec. 6, and end Sunday, Dec. 15. A two-hour commitment is all that is requested, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1 to 3 p.m. at Walmart, Walgreens or Winn-Dixie. Community service hours are also available. To volunteer, call Bill Laterza at 489-9368.Letters to Santa, photos wantedThe Riverland News is seeking Letters to Santa as well as pictures of your children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews in Christmas pictures for its Christmas Card Cuties Holiday edition, slated to print Dec. 19. Letters and photos can be emailed to Editor Jeff Bryan at editor@riverlandnews.co m, or mailed to our office at 20441 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Dunnellon, FL 34432. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope if photos need to be returned. Photos submitted via email must be high-resolution images. Deadline to submit items is Dec. 13. Riverland News, Thursday, November 28, 2013 5 NEWS NOTES Puzzle answers on Page 3 Holiday cheer Photos by JEFF BRYAN/Riverland NewsABOVE: Jessan Ringle, right, laughs while she and her son, Bryson, visit with Santa Claus on Friday night at City Hall during the citys third annual tree lighting ceremony. More than 100 people turned out for the event despite a light rain. BOTTOM: Members of the Dunnellon Comm unity Youth Choir belt out a Christmas song. COMMUNITY BRIEFS 000GPU8 Frasier Firs, Beautiful Wreaths Holiday Decorations Unique Gift Ideas Friendly Service & Fresh Produce Daily! Amish Jams & Jellies Fruit Baskets Frasier Firs, Beautiful Wreaths Frasier Firs, Beautiful Wreaths Holiday Decorations Holiday Decorations Unique Gift Ideas Unique Gift Ideas Friendly Service & Fresh Produce Daily! Friendly Service & Fresh Produce Daily! Amish Jams & Jellies Amish Jams & Jellies Fruit Baskets Fruit Baskets Christmas Trees Are Here! Christmas Christmas Trees Are Trees Are Here! Here! 000GMHM Name __________________________________________________________________ Address ________________________________________________________________ City _______________________________________________ State _______________ Zip __________ Phone ____________________ Email __________________________ Payment Enclosed Bill Me Sign up online Promo Code: TURKEY Clip, complete and mail to: 000GHBY Dont Be A Turkey! Gobble Up A Great Deal! Expires 12/31/13. In-County Only A year subscription STUFFED with the best of local news, events, coupons and more! $ 22 $ 22 20441 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Dunnellon, FL 34432 Call 352-489-2731 www.riverlandnews.com


may not have to wear glasses 24 hours a day anymore. I dont like getting up early on the weekends to walk the dog, yet the joy and loyalty that dog has provided us could never be replaced. I dont get pleasure from driving, especially long trips, yet Im happy to have a car and the ability to drive and its nice that I actually have somewhere to go. I dont like being a tiny bit overweight, but Im thankful I have money to buy food and keep my family fed. Im also thankful I have the resources I need to lose weight and to get healthy, and Im not missing out on Thanksgiving dinner. Im unhappy I wont get to see my oldest daughter and her family on Thanksgiving this year. Yet, Im thankful I have such an amazing family to spend the day with and I know next year will be our turn to host them. I wont be able to eat my famous Thanksgiving stuffing this year since I am now gluten-free, but Im glad Ive stuck with it and pleased with how good Ive been feeling. Besides it gives me the chance to try new recipes and experiment a little. Happy Thanksgiving to all my readers. May there be no pits in your lemonade. 6 Riverland News, Thursday, November 28, 2013 JERSEYcontinued from page 4 office when Im there a fun place to be. I cannot thank those folks enough. While most of you might believe our office is small, I have a lot of help, in making sure the paper gets out on a weekly basis. To Audrey Beem, Augie Salzer, Toni Phillips, Julie Mancini and the students in her journalism/yearbook classes who provide more assistance on a weekly basis than I probably give them credit for. Augie approached me a year ago, asking to write for the paper. She didnt bat an eye when I told her I couldnt pay her, she was just eager to be a part of the community newspaper. She has provided a voice for others who I might not have possibly been able to. Shes a tremendous asset to not only the newspaper, but the community as a whole. Thank you Augie, in case I do not say it enough. Toni is a silent name, not bandied about because shes made the paper 100 percent better through her proofreading and editing abilities. Toni and I worked together at The Villages Daily Sun, and she lives in the community. When the need for a proof reader/copy editor arose, she stepped to the plate for me. She does a wonderful job of making me look great, and we all know that takes a lot of work. Julie Mancini and, what I have dubbed my minions, her students. You guys and gals rock. Really, you do. Thank you for all that you do, whether its providing a laugh when Im trying to hand out assignments or offer writing tips. Youre a wonderful bunch of young men and women and I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving break. But just because youre out of school, that doesnt give any of you a reason to slack. Deadlines are still in effect. Julie is amazing, always has been, always will be. She wont toot her own horn, but she was selected as the Dunnellon High Teacher of the Year and is a Golden Apple nominee. With my crazy schedule, she has on numerous times been on assignment for me when I could not make it. To those who read the paper on a weekly basis, I cannot thank you enough for continuing to support the Riverland News. A newspaper is an integral part of a community, but a community is just as integral to the newspaper. Both cannot exist without the other. We might agree to disagree, some more than others. I would like to believe we all have the best interests at heart for the future of Dunnellon. We all need to swallow our pride and put our best foot forward to accomplish that. To the City Council, you have been entrusted with the task of protecting the future of Dunnellon, its small-town charm and the citizens. Its a great honor you should take pride in, so please I urge you to stand up, make the hard choices and start making choices that move us forward. 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Bank hosting artist exhibitArtists representing the Citrus Watercolor Club will present an exhibit of watercolor art at Brannen Bank at 11472 N. Williams St., now through Dec. 27. There will be a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, where they can meet various artists. A wide variety of subjects will be on display, including landscapes, waterscapes, still life, florals, portraits and abstracts. Art work can be purchased during the exhibition. The Citrus Watercolor Club features awardwinning watercolorists from Marion, Citrus and Hernando counties. For information, visit www.citruswater colorclub.com or call Carole Byron at 4898575.Lake Tropicana to host flea market The Lake Tropicana Civic Association will host a communitywide flea market from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6 and 7, at the Lake Tropicana Clubhouse at 3380 SW 181 Court, off State Road. Baked goods and food will also be available. Vendor rent is $5 per table per day inside, and $4 per space, per day outside. To reserve your space, call Karen at 208-5006 or Linda at 465-6322.RRC slates annual meetingRainbow River Conservation Inc. will host its annual meeting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Rainbow Rivers Club. Dr. Robert Knight, president of the Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute and adjunct professor of Environmental Engineering Sciences at the University of Florida, will be the guest speaker. Dr. Knights topic will be the Rainbow Springs Restoration Action Plan, where he will address the effect of nitrate pollution and water withdrawals in the aquifer, which feeds Rainbow Springs and Rainbow River. His discussion will include steps which must be taken in order to protect and preserve the Rainbow River and its environment for future generations to enjoy. All RRC members and the public are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. For information and a map to the meeting site, visit www.Rainbow RiverConservation.com.Womans Club craft show slatedThe Womans Club will host its annual craft show from 9 a.m. to 2p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at its clubhouse at 11756 Cedar St. The Womans Club will also host a bake sale both days. For information, call Pat McJunkin at 489-6708.Knights to host dinner danceThe Knights of Columbus of Dunnellon will host a Country & Western Dinner Dance from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Jan. 11 in the parish hall of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church at 7525 U.S. 41. Music will be provided by the Country Sunshine Band. Doors will open at 5:30 with a Southern style dinner served at 6:30. There will be a cash bar, a 50/50 raffle, wine basket raffles and a door prize. Tickets are $15 per person and are available from the Knights of Columbus or the church office. For reservations or information, call 489-6221.Agency needs items for homeless programThe Annie W. Johnson Senior and Family Center is in need of items for its Project Homeless program, which is designed to help the homeless with food, tents and coolers. All three items are needed at this time. If you are able to assist us in this matter, contact the Annie W. Johnson Center at 489-8021. that they wont spend years of feeling bad about themselves like I did. They deserve to feel their best every day and exercise and nutrition play an essential role in that. Currently, the Tiger Fit Club has an average of 40 girls who participate on a weekly basis. The group meets weekly after school, where they discuss new foods theyve sampled or implemented into their diets. Then, they participate in a joint exercise before enjoying a healthy snack afterward. The decision to keep the Tiger Fit Club a girls only group was easy, Anderson said. We felt that the girls would be less likely to put forth 100 percent effort if there were boys there to think about, she said. The fledgling program could get a boost in the arm, too. Both Anderson and Samler recently learned the Tiger Fit Program is one of eight finalists for a $5,000 grant through Fabletics, an exercise clothing line launched by actress Kate Hudson. Anderson described herself as a obsessed with workout clothes. She said shed heard about Fabletics, which offers reasonably priced items. So, Anderson said, shed ordered some. A short time later, I got an email about this grant program they were doing and Tiger Fit Club seemed to fit the guidelines for the grant, Anderson explained. We had the option of submitting a video as our initial application. So Anderson and Samler approached Beth Wood, the schools video production teacher, about the class producing a video to submit for the application process. Ms. Wood put together an amazing video for us, she said. I guess they thought it was pretty good, because we were selected as finalists. I got the email stating we were in the top eight and I couldnt believe it. I know this could change so many of our girls lives for the better. And that, ultimately, is the priority Anderson and Samler have in mind for those currently participating in the Tiger Fit Club and those to come. Our ultimate goal is for the girls to walk out of Tiger Fit Club and feel better about themselves, Anderson said. There are so many different forms of exercise and we are just trying to introduce the girls to new things in hopes something sparks their interest. Among the new things introduced to students are yoga, circuit training, jazzercise and more. In December, a Zumba instructor will make an appearance. But exercise isnt the lone goal of a better life; it includes eating. As for healthy eating habits, we are introducing them to new healthy foods and also creating healthy alternatives to foods we know they love, she said. We want them to know that they can still eat the foods they love, just in moderation. For example, weve made cauliflower crust pizza, chocolate oatmeal protein bites, air-popped popcorn, pumpkin brownie bites, and broccoli slaw spaghetti. There were times I was afraid they wouldnt like something, but they have loved all the new food. We just hope the girls continue coming to the meetings. We want the interest to continue and Tiger Fit Club to be a permanent part of DMS. We hope we can create healthy changes in these girls lives and we hope they will inspire others as well. Riverland News, Thursday, November 28, 2013 7 JEFF BRYAN/Riverland NewsDunnellon Middle School students run laps during a Tiger Fit Club meeting recently at the schools track. The first-year after-school program is a finalist for a $5,000 grant through Fabletics, an exercise clothing line launched by actress Kate Hudson. 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8 Riverland News, Thursday, November 28, 2013 ABOVE: A horsedrawn carriage carrying visitors to Victorian Holiday makes its way onto Cedar Street. LEFT: Jeffrey Wagner, 7, enthusiastically makes his way through a bounce house obstacle course. BOTTOM: Adin Proctor, 3, smiles as he glides down the Snow Slide, which has become a popular addition to the Victorian Holiday the past three years. Both young and old alike enjoyed the wintertime activity. ABOVE: Brian Letchworth and his daughter, Cadence, 3, wait in line to visit Santa Claus during the annual event. They are in town for the holidays visiting, Elizabeth, Brians mother and Cadences grandmother. BOTTOM: Arianna Thompson, 6, receives a hug Saturday from Jackie Stevio of Phantastic Sounds during the annual Victorian Holiday in the Downtown Historic District. Thompson, a student of Stevios, marked her first public appearance at the event. A trio of sisters gathered around Santa Claus to provide their Christmas wish lists Saturday during the annual Victorian Holiday in the Historic District. Santa remained a popular figure during the event, visiting with scores of children. Photos by JEFF BRYAN & JULIE MANCINI/Riverland News


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Norms Clean Cuts accepting toys, foodNorms Clean Cuts Barber Shop at 11941 Bostick St, Dunnellon is a drop-off point for the U.S. Marine Corps annual Toys for Tots drive as well as a drop-off location for food donations for Food 4 Kids Inc., which provides backpacks full of food on the weekends for needy children in the area. For information, call 465-3666.American Legion activities slatedAmerican Legion WallRives Post No. 58 will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, with dinner being served at 6. The Womens Auxiliary will meet at 1 p.m. Wedesday, Dec. 4. Cub Pack No. 469 meets from 7 to 8 p.m. Mondays Bingo begins at 6 p.m. Thursdays. Doors open at 4. Smoking is not allowed. Refreshments are available. The outdoor flea market and pancake breakfast will be at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21.Kiwanis changes meeting placeThe Kiwanis Club of Dunnellon will begin meeting at Carmelas Restaurant at 8 a.m. Wednesdays for its weekly meetings and breakfast. However, on the third Wednesday monthly, the club will continue meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the Rainbow Springs Golf & Country Club. For information, contact Ellie Pollock at 4656803 for a reservation by the previous Tuesday weekly.Police collecting used cell phonesThe Dunnellon Police Department is collecting cellular phones with chargers for victims of Domestic Violence. The collected phones are turned over to domestic violence shelters and provided to victims to use to call 911 for any emergency. Please drop off all unused cellular phones along with the chargers to the police department, 12014 S. Williams St. Dunnellon or at Repeat Boutique.10 Riverland News, Thursday, November 28, 2013 Riverland NewsMONDAY, 2:00 P.M. CLASSIFIED DEADLINE CANCELLATIONS CHARGE IT!! ERRORSTO PLACE ACLASSIFIED AD, CALLToll Free 1-877-676-1403MONDAYTHROUGH FRIDAY, 8 A.M. TO 5 P.M. Advertisements may be cancelled as soon as results are obtained. 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The City will consider the adoption of a resolution electing to use the uniform method of collecting such assessments authorized by section 197.3632, Florida Statutes, at a public hearing to be held at 5:30 p.m. on December 9, 2013 at the Council Chambers, City Hall, 20750 River Drive, Dunnellon, Florida. Such resolution will state the need for the levy and will contain a legal description of the boundaries of the real property subject to the levy. Copies of the proposed form of resolution, which contains the legal description of the real property subject to the levy, are on file at the City Clerks office located at City Hall, 20750 River Drive, Dunnellon, Florida. All interested persons are invited to attend. In the event any person decides to appeal any decision by the City with respect to any matter relating to the consideration of the resolution at the above-referenced public hearing, a record of the proceeding may be needed and in such an event, such person may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the public hearing is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence on which the appeal is to be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation or an interpreter to participate in this proceeding should contact the City Clerk at (352) 465-8500, at least three (3) calendar days prior to the date of the hearing. DATED this 6th day of November, 2013. By Order of: Dunnellon City Council /s/ Dawn M. Bowne, City of Dunnellon, Florida November 14, 21, 28 & December 5, 2013. 484-1128 RIV vs. Foss, Amy 42-2008-CA-003750 Notice of Foreclosure Sale PUBLIC NOTICE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 5TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR MARION COUNTY, FLORIDA GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION CASE NO. 42-2008-CA-003750 THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON TRUST COMPANY, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FKA THE BANK OF NEW YORK TRUST COMPANY, N.A. SUCCESSOR TO JPMORGAN CHASE BANK N.A. AS TRUSTEE FOR RASC 2003-KS3, PLAINTIFF, VS. AMY FOSS, DEFENDANT(S). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated October 14, 2013 and entered in Case No. 42-2008-CA-003750in the Circuit Court of the 5th Judicial Circuit in and for Marion County, Florida wherein THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON TRUST COMPANY, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FKA THE BANK OF NEW YORK TRUST COMPANY, N.A. SUCCESSOR TO JPMORGAN CHASE BANK N.A. AS TRUSTEE FOR RASC 2003-KS3 was the Plaintiffand AMY FOSSthe Defendant(s), that the Clerk will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash, by electronic sale beginning at 11:00 a.m. at www.marion.realforeclose.com on the 17th day of December, 2013, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment: LOT 2, BLOCK 100, MARION OAKS UNIT 2, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK O, PAGE 19 THROUGH 35, PUBLIC RECORDS OF MARION COUNTY, FLORIDA. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS OF THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER, AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS, MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN SIXTY (60) DAYS AFTER THE SALE. This 5th day of November, 2013, /s/ Joseph K. McGhee, Florida Bar # 0626287 Bus. Email: JMcGhee@penderlaw.com Pendergast & Morgan, P.A. 115 Perimeter Center Place South Terraces Suite 1000, Atlanta, GA 30346 Telephone: 678-775-0700 PRIMARY SERVICE: flfc@penderlaw.com Attorney for Plaintiff If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the ADA Coordinator at the Office of the Trial Court Administrator, Marion County Judicial Center, 110 NW First Avenue, Ocala, Florida 34475, Telephone (352) 401-6710, at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving notification if the time before your scheduled court appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. November 21 & 28, 2013. 487-1128 RIV Bremer, Edward James 2013-CP-1663 Notice to Creditors PUBLIC NOTICE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR MARION COUNTY, FLORIDA 493-1205 RIV Haussmann, William estate 2013-CP-1740 Notice to Creditors PUBLIC NOTICE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR MARION COUNTY FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No.: 2013-CP-1740 Division: Judge Robbins IN RE: ESTATE OF WILLIAM ROBERT HAUSSMANN Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of WILLIAM ROBERT HAUSSMANN, deceased, whose date of death was June 17, 2013, is pending in the Circuit Court for MARION County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 110 NW 1st Avenue, Ocala, FL 34475. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representatives attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS, NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this Notice is November 28, 2013 Personal Representative: /s/MARY C. HAUSSMANN 6210 Farm Pond Ln. Charlotte, North Carolina 28212 Attorney for Personal Representative: /s/LORENZO RAMUNNO, Florida Bar No. 765813, RAMUNNO LAW FIRM PA 7500 SW 61st Avenue, Suite 100, Ocala, FL 34476 Telephone: (352) 854-5570 Fax: (352) 854-9267 E-Mail: ramunnolaw@gmail.com Secondary E-Mail: ramunnolaw34476@gmail.com www.ramunnolawfirm.com November 28 & December 5, 2013 485-1128 RIV 12/7 sale Out-Back Self Storage PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE Notice is hereby given that on Dec. 7, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. the undersigned Stop & Store LLC. DBA Outback Self Storage will sell at public sale by competitive bidding, the personal property, stored with the undersigned Stop&Store LLC. DBA Outback Self Storage, 19545 West Hwy 40, Dunnellon FL. 34432. Tenants and units: Unit# A142 Jeff E Spears HHG Unit# B214 Matthew Nieves HHG We reserve the right to refuse any and all bids. Nov. 21 & 28, 2013. 486-1128 RIV ( 12/6 sale ) PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF SALE TO: Unit #40-Daniel Johns, 5489 W. Knoxville Ln, Dunnellon, FL 34433 Unit #104-John Dollar, 19085 SW 93rd Loop, Dunnellon, FL 34434 You are notified that the property stored by you with STOR-RIDGE, INC. P.O. Box 1107, 1807 W. Lockport Lane, Dunnellon, FL 34430-1107, 352-489-5858, believed to be household goods will be sold to the highest bidder for cash, at the above address on Dec. 6, 2013, at 10:00 A.M. to satisfy the delinquent rental agreement. We reserve the right to refuse any and all bids. November 21 & 28, 2013. 490-1128 RIV 12/4 BrdOfDir. PUBLIC NOTICE The Early Learning Coalition of the Nature Coast, a United Way supported organization, will be facilitating the Board of Directors bimonthly meeting on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. The meeting will be held at the Early Learning Coalition of the Nature Coasts main office at 1560 N. Meadowcrest Blvd, Crystal River, FL. 34429. Please contact Coalition Staff at 352-563-9939, ext. 263 if you have any questions. Public participation is welcome. Nov. 28, 2013. 488-1128 RIV 12/12 sale PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE: BIG JOES TOWING SERVICE INC. gives Notice of Foreclosure of Lien and intent to sell these vehicles on 12/12/2013 09:00 am at 1901 NW MARTIN LUTHER KING JR AVE, OCALA, FL 34475-5007, pursuant to subsection 713.78 of the Florida Statutes. BIG JOES TOWING SERVICE INC reserves the right to accept or reject any and/or all bids. 1G3NL52E5XC315257 1999 OLDSMOBILE Nov. 28, 2013. 491-1128 RIV 12/12 sale PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE S.M. Duggan Towing L.L.C. gives Notice of foreclosure of Lien and intent to sell these vehicle(s) on 12/12/2013 at 10:00 A.M. at 1635 NE 32nd Ave, Ocala, FL 34470 pursuant to subsection 713.78 of the Florida Statutes. S.M. Duggan Towing L.L.C. reserves the right to accept or reject any and/or all bids. JS1GN7DA172107160 2007 SUZI GSX-R600 Nov. 28, 2013. 492-1128 RIV 12/13 Sale PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE Superior Towing/C&M Towing gives Notice of Foreclosure of Lien and intent to sell these vehicle(s) on 12/13/2013 9:00 am at 2157 NE Jacksonville Rd, Ocala, FL 34470, pursuant to subsection 713.78 of the Florida Statutes. Supe494-1128 RIV 12/11 Sale PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF SALE ROBERTS TOWING AND RECOVERYgives Notice of Foreclosure of Lien and intent to sell this vehicle on 12/11/2013, 9:00 am at 1004 NE 95TH STREET, OCALA, FL34479, pursuant to subsection 713,78 of the Florida Statutes. ROBERTS TOWING & RECOVERYreserves the right to accept or reject any and/or all bids 1994 HONDAVIN # 1HGEJ2222RL030577 2003 FORD VIN # 1FAFP45X43F425456 November 28, 2013 File No. 2013-CP-1663 Division Probate IN RE: ESTATE OF EDWARD JAMES BREMER, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of Edward James Bremer, deceased, whose date of death was July 28, 2013, is pending in the Circuit Court for Marion County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 110 NW 1st Avenue, Ocala, Florida 34475. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representatives attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED.. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this Notice is November 21, 2013. Personal Representative: /s/ Peggi Bremer 15135 SE 73rd Avenue, Summerfield, Florida 34491-4248 /s/Thomas E. Slaymaker, Attorney for Peggi Bremer Florida Bar Number: 398535 Slaymaker and Nelson, P.A., 2218 Highway 44 West, Inverness, Florida 34453 Telephone: (352) 726-6129, Fax: (352) 726-0223 E-Mail: emailservicetom@slaymakerlaw.com, Secondary E-Mail: legalasst1@slaymakerlaw.com November 21 & 28, 2013. rior Towing /C&M Towing reserves the right to accept or reject any and/or all bids. 2000 SATURN VIN # 1G8ZH5284YZ227421 Nov. 28, 2013. 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information requested by the governors office or Joint Legislative Auditing Committee (JLAC). The filing was expected months ago when city officials learned the depth of the financial crisis created by the failure of Greenlight Communications, but the City Council was able to delay putting state officials on notice as it sought to sell the citys beleaguered telecommunications system. Initially, the city struck a deal with Wideband Networks, which offered $3.85 million for the fiber to the home program. That deal fell apart, leaving officials scrambling to secure an offer for Greenlight Communications. Florida Cable stepped in with an offer of $1 million for the system as well as plans to take over the citys lease for its head-end equipment with All-American Leasing. That deal is expected to be completed no later than Dec. 19. However, because the sale wasnt completed by Nov. 1, the city was unable to make a $1.6 million bond payment to Regions Bank. The city had up to Nov. 12 to make the payment in full, but was unable to make the payment. All told, the city owes Regions Bank $7.3 million after securing financing in November 2010. The principal amount outstanding of the bonds as of Nov. 1 is approximately $6.7 million. As part of the agreement struck in 2010 between the city and the bank, the then-City Council pledged the citys share of excise taxes. During Fiscal Year 2014, the city is expected to receive slightly more than $700,000 in revenue. The Telecommunication Bonds were issued to finance the design, procurement, acquisition, installation, operation and maintenance of a new telecommunications system owned by the city to provide cable and Internet services within the city and surrounding region, Eddie Esch, interim city mangaer, wrote to state officials. Such projects are ambitious endeavors for any city, and it certainly was for the small, rural municipality of Dunnellon. The system never realized its anticipated revenue and earnings potential and, instead, left the small town strapped with large deficiencies in operating costs and ballooning debt service payments. Officials from both the city and Regions Bank had been in discussions about a potential settlement offer, but when it became clear Dunnellon was not going to be able to make the payment, legal counsel with the bank called off negotiations. Additionally, Regions Bank and its law firm filed a lawsuit against the city seeking payment for the three bonds. The city has received a default letter from Regions and Regions has commenced a mandamus proceeding against the city, Esch wrote to state officials. The city, therefore, has no other alternative but to submit this notification to the state of Florida, that the city did not have the funds to make the current bond debt payments on the Telecommunication Bond. In response to the canceled talks, the City Council approved hiring Michael C. Markham of Johnson Pope, Bokor, Rupple and Burns LLP in hopes it could rekindle discussions with Regions Bank and its attorneys J. Jeffrey Deery and Lionel E. Rubio, who represent Winderwheedle, Haines, Ward & Woodman. Markham explained filing a state of emergency requires the governors office to review the situation within 45 days of notification. The city, if it wanted to, could not file bankruptcy without the governors authorization. Markham told the City Council once paperwork was filed, the governors office would likely send a team of people to audit the situation. The governor has the power to essentially fire any one of you all, I think, he said, adding the people he would likely suspend are no longer employed with the city in reference to former City Manager Lisa Algiere and Marsha Segal-George, the former assistant city attorney. Exactly what will happen is an unknown, Esch told the Council. Theres not a lot of case history out there that establishes a basis of what steps are taken, Esch explained. at that, since this was a workshop and no official action could be taken. After the meeting, Tony Bruno, senior vice president and CFO of Yankee Global Enterprises, said he was disappointed in the reluctance of the commission to put it on the March ballot. I thought we had great momentum from the constituents, he added. He was correct in that most of the speakers were in favor of the project and asked the commissioners to put it on the March ballot, and added a delay in the vote would be a big blow to the project. Among those who spoke in favor of the project was Dunnellon Mayor Nathan Whitt. Isnt this exciting? he asked with enthusiasm, adding western Marion County would benefit from the project. Let the people vote on it. However, he said, he was hopeful because of the mail ballot discussion. Hopefully, we can stay on track, Bruno said. The 3-hour, 30-minute meeting at the Agricultural Center auditorium started with Bruno and other executives explaining the project with a video presentation, which included praise for the Yankee brand by such team notables as Derek Jeter, David Cone, Bernie Williams, manager Joe Girardi and general manager Brian Cashman. Bruno introduced other members of the staff who were in attendance, which included former Yankee hero Bucky Dent, who was the World Series MVP in 1978 and hit a key home run against the Red Sox the same year. Bruno emphasized the Yankees sign would be visible from the interstate and would be a sign to travelers that would help the economy in Ocala. Doug Cone, chairman of the Chamber and Economic Partnership, said the board unanimously backed the project. Kevin Sheilley, president and CEO of the CEP, spoke about the economic benefits to the community. The meeting then bogged down to a discussion of revenues, licensing fees, etc., which the crowd really hadnt come to hear. Then it was the publics turn, and no one really knew what to expect, given the negative tone of reaction recently. There were a few negative speakers, but the group overwhelmingly was in favor of the March vote. Among the negatives was Millie Grissom, who was wearing a St. Louis Cardinal jersey bearing catcher Yadier Molinas name. She disagreed with the praise for the Yankees brand, and noted that the Cardinals were winning more World Series lately than the Yankees. The project will advance to discussions at the County Commission meetings in December. 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